There’s just no way around it-studying the Word of God requires putting in a lot of time. However, it is time well spent because the things you learn will help you obtain eternal life with God! All throughout the Bible we are instructed to diligently study God’s Word. Psalm 1:1-2 (New King James Version) lets us know that a blessed man is one who meditates on the Word day and night! Then Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) tells us again that our ways will indeed be prosperous if we examine the Word daily and strive to follow it!
I started intensely studying the Word at the age of thirteen. I don’t mean merely reading a few scriptures but actually reading complete chapters and books of the Bible. Doing this helps you to get the full picture and context of what is written. When I first began reading the Word I would come across so many unfamiliar words. So you know what I did? I sat down with a dictionary and tablet! Every time I ran across an unfamiliar word, I would find its definition and write it down in my tablet. It didn’t take long for that tablet to become full; but it was that serious to me! I wanted to clearly understand the Word of God!
Then for any given subject matter, I would cross reference scriptures, looking for several scriptures from both the Old and the New Testament which supported or agreed with one another. Doing this provides you with plenty of evidence to support a particular understanding you may reach from a scripture. If you can’t find several scriptures that agree with one another, perhaps you have come to the wrong understanding concerning a matter.
There were times that I would look up definitions, cross reference, meditate, and even ask others what they thought about scriptures; and I still couldn’t come to a complete understanding about what I had read. At that point, I would just begin to pray to God that He would reveal the meaning to me according to His Will. Then, years down the road I would finally understand after going through a particular situation. If this happens to you too, don’t give up! God knows your heart-He sees that you sincerely want to understand His Word; and He will give you understanding according to His timing.
So I encourage you to set aside at least 30 minutes to an hour to study the Word each day! Perhaps you may want to study with someone you trust spiritually (your pastor or a well established parent), someone who can guide you throughout the process. Or you may want to sit down with God, yourself, and your dictionary! Do whatever you need to do; and remember to pray diligently throughout your studying that God will give you understanding.
Say this short prayer:
Lord, help me to dig deep into your Word, studying it day and night. Help me to understand your Word and to clearly see the difference between right and wrong. Help me to learn of the way which is pleasing unto you God. And help me to commit myself to following that good way for the rest of my life. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen!
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.